CLAYTON SAYS COWHER UNLIKELY TO COACH BROWNS

ESPN’s John Clayton, who as far as we can tell has not broached this specific subject on ESPN.com, told a Cleveland radio station on Tuesday night that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher will most likely not become the next coach of the Browns.
In an appearance on WKNR, the Cleveland ESPN Radio affiliate, Clayton confirmed our past report that discussions have been occurred between the two sides, and he predicted that an offer would be made after the season.
“Has there been a direct conversation?” Clayton said. “Has there been an interview? No, but there are enough people talking to both sides. They will talk to him after the season. They will make him his offer. He’s probably going to turn it down.”
Our take has been that Cowher is using the Cleveland interest as a way to ensure that his name will remain at the top of the “A” list for the coming hiring cycle. Regardless of whether he’s doing it with his eyes on a potential opportunity elsewhere in 2009 or simply to ensure that his name remains in the conversation for coaching vacancies until he’s ready to return, we believe that Cowher wants to nurture the notion that, in any given year, he’s the gleaming brass ring on the NFL coaching carousel.
Clayton said that other possible arrivals are former Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer (who could serve as coach or Parcells-style executive or both) and current Patriots V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli, who worked for the “Browns” from 1992-95.
As to Schottenheimer, a league source points out that hiring him could allow the franchise to avoid buying out the big-money contract of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who previously worked with Schottenheimer and would be more likely to remain on staff if Schottenheimer were running the show. After the team’s 10-6 performance in 2008 (which apparently was an “amorition“), Chudzinski received a deal that’s believed to be equivalent to head coach compensation in some cities in order to rebuff the interest of the Ravens in hiring him to replace Brian Billick.
The wild card in this situation is current G.M. Phil Savage. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen recently pointed out that owner Randy Lerner’s preference would be to keep Savage in the fold, but to strip him of final-say authority over the roster. Such a move would allow Lerner to avoid owing Savage a buyout of roughly $8.1 million — unless Savage quits, or is fired for cause due to his “go root for Buffalo” escapades and his role in the Kellen Winslow staph fiasco from earlier in the year.
Frankly, if Savage ends up sticking around, we think his wings would need to be dramatically clipped; as one league insider opined of Savage, “His skin’s like an onion and he loves the microphone. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

22 responses to “CLAYTON SAYS COWHER UNLIKELY TO COACH BROWNS

  1. I think the Browns should fire Chud so he can go back to “The U” as OC. Patrick Nix sucks there. Sorry, I thought this was collegefootballtalk.com.

  2. Pioli back to Cleveland because he used to work there with Belichek?
    That will never happen and it is completely ridiculous.
    I am still laughing so hard I can barely contain myself.
    Are you joking?

  3. Why did you put the “Browns” in parentheses, “Mike?”
    One of the many reasons that no one who reads this thing should take you seriously…

  4. ***Such a move would allow Lerner to avoid owing Savage a buyout of roughly $8.1 million — unless Lerner quits, or is fired for cause due to his “go root for Buffalo” escapades and his role in the Kellen Winslow staph fiasco from earlier in the year.***
    Don’t you mean “unless SAVAGE quits”? Team owners don’t normally quit…

  5. This organization has a good history. It’s time to get that high standard back in Cleveland. After all were not talking about that joke organization the Chicago bears that still to this day talks 85 bear football. Go GB 🙂

  6. How exactly is it Crennel’s fault that he lost both of his quarterbacks, a number of other key players, his team is playing one of the toughest schedules in the league and Edwards can’t catch two passes in a row?
    It seems fans had some lofty expectations based on the 10-6 record against a fairly easy schedule in 2007 that included the NFC West and three lousy teams from the AFC East.
    Not sure how Cowher or any other coach would have done better this year.

  7. Chud was my paper boy as a child in Perrysburg, OH. He needs to go back to doing this. It’s about all he’s qualified to do.

  8. john clayton? is he still around? clatyon’s “opinion” and 2 bux will get you a cup of coffee at starbucks. who cares what this assclown says.

  9. @kmitch218
    There is so much wrong with your post. I’m not sure where to begin.
    “How exactly is it Crennel’s fault that he lost both of his quarterbacks”
    They were 4-8 and OUT OF IT when that happened. Anderson was having a sh*t year before that anyway. Besides I don’t think he was all that great last year. 19 INTs and a meltdown vs the Bungles.
    “his team is playing one of the toughest schedules”
    So are the Steelers and Ravens. Last I checked they were 10-3 and 9-4 respectively. Shouldn’t a good coach find a way to win the tough games?
    “Edwards can’t catch two passes in a row”
    Poor conditioning and poor focus are hurting this guys season. He had 16 TDs last year. Now he stinks. Maybe someone could coach him up?
    “It seems fans had some lofty expectations based on the 10-6 record against a fairly easy schedule in 2007 that included the NFC West and three lousy teams from the AFC East.
    Not sure how Cowher or any other coach would have done better this year.”
    So basically you’re saying you like Romeo and you think he’s done a good job. However, you give him a pass because he can’t handle adversity or take down good squads? So you’d be content with a coach who can only beat bad teams?
    That’s a piss poor attitude to take. Have fun with mediocrity. Boy am I glad I’m not a Browns fan.

  10. Skin like an Onion?
    Man, he must be ugly.
    Savage mortgaged his future to build a paper tiger. Only the Shaun Rogers move worked out and that hasn’t got him much.
    They need to can Savage and that would be curtains for Crenne.

  11. Cowher is coming to Dallas after Jerry decided that what he is doing isnt working. When he gave control away, they were doing well. See Jimmy and Parcells. Cowher in Dallas 2009

  12. Clayton hates the Browns. Anything he says in regards to that team must be taken with that in mind.
    Anyone who says that Romeo should catch a break for various reasons…well…they just show that they really don’t pay any attention to the Browns. Don’t label that douche (kmitch) as a Browns fan.

  13. jerry jones will relinquish control of his team to cowher?
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    can you tell me another good one?
    .

  14. WheresSeptien says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 10:37 am
    Cowher is coming to Dallas after Jerry decided that what he is doing isnt working. When he gave control away, they were doing well. See Jimmy and Parcells. Cowher in Dallas 2009
    _____________________________
    Jethro’s ego won’t allow it. They normally have to go 2-14 to get him to give up for awhile.

  15. The rumors of Cowher to Washington are surfacing again.
    I feel bad for Jim Zorn if there is any substance to that at all. No coach in Washington is safe as long as Snyder owns the team. It’s always about finding the prettiest girl at the dance.

  16. kmick218 obviously hasnt watched any Browns games the last 3 years if he thinks the this teams only problems are that the two QB’s got hurt. This teams season was over long before DA got hurt. He has an awful division record, he has NEVER beaten the Steelers, his teams consistantly come out uninspired and more importantly, unprepared. The game management is horrendous with the field goals at all the wrong times, as well as the clock management. Maybe its the QB’s job to manage the clock, but if he isnt prepared, that goes back to the coaches. None of these problems just came out this year. They have been totally consistant with his entire 4 year tenure here. Its been a disaster and Savage hasnt been much better, what with the F-You emails and missed draft picks and terrible FA pickups.
    Yes, Clayton and Florio are Steeler honks and likely dont have any love for the Browns, but that doesnt mean that the fact that this franchise is a total joke, from top to bottom, isnt a true statement.

  17. Cowher wont go to Washington just like he wont go to Cleveland. The organizations are a joke and the franchises cannot win the way they are run. Its why the Skins and Browns end up with people like Zorn and Crennel running thier teams. They are losing situations with horrible FO set ups. Cowher has his choice of jobs and will not choose either of these two loser teams.
    ————————————————————–
    The rumors of Cowher to Washington are surfacing again.
    I feel bad for Jim Zorn if there is any substance to that at all. No coach in Washington is safe as long as Snyder owns the team. It’s always about finding the prettiest girl at the dance.

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